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Pennsylvania

  • July 16, 2018

    Chem Co. Liable For Pa. Site's Prior Pollution, 3rd Circ. Told

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection urged the Third Circuit Monday to order a chemical company to pay $900,000 in cleanup costs for a contaminated site it acquired southwest of Philadelphia, arguing that a district court’s refusal to hold the company liable under federal law posed severe consequences for both taxpayers and natural resources.

  • July 16, 2018

    AbbVie Protests FTC Interest Hike In AndroGel Case

    AbbVie Inc. has accused the Federal Trade Commission of suddenly hiking the interest rate it and an affiliate must pay on a $448 million penalty over sham patent suits that delayed generic drug rollouts and extended their monopoly on AndroGel.

  • July 16, 2018

    Firm Off The Hook In Pa. Couple’s Malpractice Suit

    A man who agreed not to pursue further claims against his employer and affiliated parties in settling a personal injury case is not precluded from suing his doctor for malpractice after allegedly botched surgery months later, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Monday in dismissing the man's malpractice suit against his lawyer alleging bad advice.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pa. Justices Will Hear GNC’s Appeal In Overtime Case

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed on Monday to mull a $1.7 million class action award against General Nutrition Centers Inc. over its alleged obligation under state wage law to pay store managers time-and-a-half for overtime hours.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pa. Can Recoup Tax Benefits After Restaurant’s Sale

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Monday finding that the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development could reclaim tax benefits it awarded to restaurateur Marc Vetri for opening an eatery in an underdeveloped area before later selling the establishment to Urban Outfitters Inc.

  • July 16, 2018

    Akin Gump Adds Drinker Biddle Litigation Team In Philly, SF

    Five partners from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, including the leaders of the firm’s litigation and class action groups, are decamping to join the ranks of rival Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Philadelphia and San Francisco, Akin Gump announced Monday.

  • July 16, 2018

    Cleary, Fried Frank Steer Allied Universal's $1B USSA Buy

    Private equity-backed Allied Universal on Monday said it has agreed to buy Georgia-based rival U.S. Security Associates from Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division for $1 billion in a deal steered by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pa. Judicial Atty's Gender Pay Discrimination Suit Tossed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has tossed a suit by an attorney employed by a county court who alleges she was paid less than male colleagues because of her age and gender, saying the lawyer had so far not provided enough evidence to back up her claims.

  • July 16, 2018

    Pa. Court Rules Workers Can't Sue Fla.-Based CSX In Philly

    A Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that railroad workers from Kentucky and Maryland can't sue their Florida-based employer CSX Transportation Inc. in Philadelphia, challenging the notion that the Federal Employers' Liability Act lets plaintiffs pick any venue.

  • July 13, 2018

    Navient Says Borrower Docs Dispute Is Between CFPB, DOE

    Navient Solutions Inc. said Friday that it's not calling the shots when it comes to borrower records that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants produced for its suit over the company’s student loan servicing practices, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge that the agency’s beef is with the U.S. Department of Education.

  • July 13, 2018

    Estee Lauder, EEOC Strike $1M Deal To End Leave Policy Suit

    Estee Lauder will pay $1.1 million to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company’s paid parental leave policy was stacked against fathers, according to documents filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court, which also said the company has already overhauled its leave practices.

  • July 13, 2018

    Mortgage Lender Settles Stock Inflation Row For $2.95M

    Mortgage lender and servicer Walter Investment Management Corp. and three executives agreed to pay $2.95 million Friday to end a proposed class action alleging they concealed liquidity problems that ultimately caused share prices to plunge, according to a filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • July 13, 2018

    Tucker Law Looks To Escape Ex-Client's Malpractice Suit

    A Philadelphia law firm urged a state court on Friday to toss a legal malpractice suit accusing it of settling a former client's lawsuit without her permission, arguing that the maximum damages the client could receive would fall below the court's limit for mandatory arbitration.

  • July 13, 2018

    Temple Univ. Faces Probe Over Ratings Inflation Claims

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday that he had ordered his office to investigate claims that Temple University had knowingly provided false data to U.S. News & World Reports in order to artificially boost the rankings of its online MBA program.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ortho's $19.5M Deal Ending Antitrust MDL Gets Initial OK

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday greenlighted Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc.'s $19.5 million deal to resolve allegations in multidistrict litigation that the former Johnson & Johnson unit conspired with another company to fix prices on the reagents used in blood tests.

  • July 13, 2018

    Failure-To-Warn Suit Against St. Jude Not Preempted

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a woman’s negligence suit against St. Jude Medical Inc. over the medical device company’s alleged failure to notify doctors about a faulty part used in her implantable defibrillator, ruling that her claims are not preempted.

  • July 13, 2018

    Pa. Board Seeks Censure For Ex-PSU GC In Sandusky Probe

    Attorney ethics investigators are pushing to have an ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and onetime general counsel to Penn State University publicly censured for purported conflicts of interests stemming from her representation of three school administrators who were eventually charged as part of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • July 13, 2018

    UK Takeover Regulator Lifts Sky's Bid Floor For Disney

    The U.K.'s takeover regulator on Friday said that if the bidding wars over Sky PLC and 21st Century Fox's assets play out in a way that requires The Walt Disney Co. to bid on the British telecom giant, the California media behemoth cannot offer any less than £14 ($18.50) per Sky share.

  • July 13, 2018

    Pa. Atty In Pay-To-Play Scheme Gets License Suspended

    A former Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA partner who was sentenced to more than two years in prison last month for attempting to land legal work in exchange for campaign contributions to the now-convicted mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been temporarily stripped of his law license.

  • July 13, 2018

    Perkins Coie Atty Tapped For 9th Circ. In New Round Of Noms

    Just days after announcing his latest Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled six new judicial nominees for federal courts around the country, including Seattle-based Perkins Coie LLP partner Eric Miller for the Ninth Circuit over the objections of a home-state senator.

Expert Analysis

  • Online Pharmaceuticals – But Not Much Online Liability

    James Beck

    Online sales platforms are allowing a plethora of over-the-counter medications to be sold by a myriad of manufacturers. This can lead to situations where product liability plaintiffs are left with nobody to sue. It is not surprising to see plaintiffs attempt to sue online marketplaces; but for, now the law is not letting them get away with it, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: Michigan's Emergency Mgr. Law And Flint

    Eric Scorsone

    Michigan has taken a very aggressive approach to addressing municipal fiscal insolvency. But the state's emergency manager law fails to consider the unintended consequences of short-term financial adjustments, as seen in the case of Flint, say Eric Scorsone and Samantha Zinnes of Michigan State University.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Asbestos Transparency Laws Can Stop Double Recovery

    Scott Hunsaker

    Some asbestos plaintiffs have obtained full recovery from viable defendants and simultaneously, or later, recovered more money for the same injury from asbestos bankruptcy trusts established by those same entities. Recognizing this problem, more and more states are turning to asbestos transparency laws as a solution, say Scott Hunsaker and Karl Borgsmiller of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: Are There True Alternatives To Ch. 9?

    Lawrence Larose

    Some distressed municipalities — including Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Hartford, Connecticut — have recently restructured outside of Chapter 9, through legislation and negotiations. But such fixes are intensely political in nature and are entirely dependent on the will of government officials, say Lawrence Larose and Samuel Kohn of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Get Ready For Digital Health Product Liability Cases

    Raymond Williams

    As we experience more collaborations among digital health startups, app software designers, artificial intelligence firms and drug and medical device companies, manufacturers should be cognizant that digital health products may require a more nuanced approach to product liability law, say Raymond Williams and Jae Kim of DLA Piper.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: A Tale Of 3 California Bankruptcies

    Karol Denniston

    The Chapter 9 bankruptcies of Vallejo, San Bernardino and Stockton have left a legacy of challenges facing California municipalities that seek to restructure their obligations. These cases show that a comprehensive restructuring remains illusory because restructuring pension obligations is legally complicated and politically sensitive, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.